ONE Championship will return with ‘No Surrender’ in Thailand. And this is also the most important event in their schedule for the second half of 2020.
Due to the influence of COVID-19, all world sports activities were halted for many months. ONE Championship’s biggest MMA tournament in Asia is no exception. After nearly 4 months of inactivity, this tournament will officially return at the end of next July.
On the evening of June 26, the CEO of ONE Championship brought good news to world martial arts fans. Accordingly, Mr. Chatri Sityodtong confirmed that ONE Championship will launch the most important event on the schedule: ‘ONE: No Surrender’. The event will take place in Thailand on July 31st. ‘ONE: No Surrender’ will not be open to audiences at the stadium. Instead, the event will be broadcast live globally. They also held 12 more matches in the new ‘ONE Dark Series’ events on this day. This will be a recording product, not a live broadcast.
Before that, ONE Championship also returned to the track with the ONE Hero Series 13 and 14. These two events were ONE Championship’s first moves since the pandemic. The ONE Hero Series 13, 14 took place successfully in China on June 19 and 20. This is considered an important stepping stone for the official comeback of this tournament.
To prepare for this massive reboot, ONE Championship had to carefully plan. CEO Sityodtong has been in talks with Chinese, Thai and Singapore government employees and health professionals to get back to the track as quickly as possible.
To best prepare for the new schedule, ONE Championship has also made efforts to manage the capital round. According to investment reports, ONE Championship has raised more than 70 million USD in capital contribution. At the same time, ONE has also restructured its internal organization, cutting staff by 20% to save costs.
With a stable financial background, ONE Championship promises to speed up their schedule as quickly as possible. In the second half of 2020, they will hold as many matches as they can with caution.
IMMAF – International Mixed Martial Arts Federation is a non-profit organization specializing in the management of MMA activities at the amateur level worldwide. Founded in 2012, IMMAF has now gathered 63 federations and groups representing countries in 5 continents around the world.
In fact, MMA audiences are mostly aware of this sport through tournaments like UFC, Bellator, PFL (North America), ONE Championsip, Road FC (Asia), Cage Warriors, M-1 Global ( Europe, Russia), PRIDE, RIZIN (Japan).
However, all of these tournaments operate as private companies and brands with the primary goal of generating profits for investors. The Sports Committees are only tasked with overseeing the operation and not participating in the management, training and organization of the tournament.
On the contrary, IMMAF emphasizes on non-profit activities, aiming to develop and link MMA movement under the consensus of state management agencies. This is considered the most obvious difference between IMMAF and global organizations such as UFC or ONE Championship.
Amateur and competition rules
True to its criteria, IMMAF focuses on extensive training before deepening, supporting organizations in countries where MMA does not yet officially exist. In addition, IMMAF emphasizes amateurish rather than professional elements such as UFC or ONE Championship.
In this regard, IMMAF is also acting as AIBA in Boxing. The separation of management goals helps IMMAF find fighters and develop a wider, more accessible movement, with less demanding requirements than professional tournaments.
The amateur element that IMMAF wants to show is the most obvious way to organize the matches. At the IMMAF, boxers will compete with thicker gloves, requiring the use of competition uniforms including pipe protectors, standard competition suits. In addition, IMMAF uses a simplified competition law compared to the uniform MMA Code being used by professional MMA organizations.
Towards the Olympics
The reason IMMAF is focusing on being amateurish is because its goal is to be recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). This has been affirmed in the vision at all the congresses and posted on the IMMAF homepage.
Establishing a federation with a sufficient number of members, a structured operational structure to change the mind about MMA with management and the world, IMMAF considers this the highest goal of the organization in the near future. After 2 years of establishment, since 2014, IMMAF has also organized world tournaments in the form of qualifying and awarding medals similar to the Olympic system.
We visited the Lakay Club, the leading MMA oven in the Philippines, located in Baguio City and had the opportunity to interact with many young boxers here.
Money, scholarships and career opportunities
When we entered the Lakay Club headquarters, we saw pictures of famous MMA fighters in the Philippines hanging on the walls, including photos of Mark Eddiva and Eduard Folayang.
Boxer Taro Barrientos pointed to Eduard Folayang’s photo and said: “He is my idol. Every time I practice, I look at him and see that is the biggest goal in my martial arts career ”.
Folayang is one of the most famous MMA fighters in the Philippines with a record of 14 wins out of a total of 19 times.
He has also been the ONE FC champion (number one MMA tournament in Asia) in the 70kg weight category. Folayang is also training at Lakay Club.
Like idols, young boxers in the Philippines love to compete in iron cages and desire to earn money on the ring. The common point of most young boxers is that they are from poor backgrounds and dream to rise from the MMA arena.
Of course, MMA has only been introduced to the Philippines for a long time and cannot be a “money-making” sport like in the US, UK or Russia, but this tearful stage still provides hope for the future for many shortages. Filipino.
Taro Barrientos, a young 18-year-old boxer from Lakay Club, who is currently studying in the first-year economics department at Lorma College (Philippines), said:
“I love playing in the loud cheers of the audience. You see, when I won, they screamed my name like an idol.
In addition, MMA also gives me many advantages, although it is not too much money, but it is enough for me to cover tuition fees and enjoy some priorities in the school curriculum. ”
Barrientos was born into a poor family of five siblings. Because of that, from an early age, he soon had the ambition to fight for money to help his family.
At the age of 13, Barrientos won a gold medal in the national wrestling tournament, he also competed in many other martial arts such as wushu, kickboxing before coming to freedom martial arts.
Having only trained MMA in the past one year and not yet become a professional boxer, but the two times the upper house won also helped Barrientos earn a decent amount of money.
More specific than Barrientos was Olivar “Jon” Rizalino, a 20-year-old boxer who had been practicing MMA for a year. Rizalino is currently a student of the criminal department of Cordilleras University (Baguio City) and dreams of becoming a police officer in the future.
Rizalino came to MMA for a very simple reason: if he was selected for the school’s competitive team, he would receive a 50% discount on tuition.
In addition, MMA’s special style of play also provides many important skills for him in the police school.
Before the tournament of Pacific Xtreme Combat (PXC), young fighters had to abstain from eating, even fasting for days to weigh.
Weight loss (takes place a day before the match) with the boxers so thrilled just as hard on the floor, because just a few hundred grams excess is the effort of their whole year of training is considered to be dissolved. soap bubbles.
Therefore, in the weight weighing session held on 27-2, the boxers of the Lakay kiln look very haggard, tired of having to fast.
Right after stepping down from the electronic scale and the organizers declared a suitable weight to compete tomorrow (February 28), the boxers rushed to grab … bananas or drink ginger. A few liters of water after all day of hunger!
But there are also boxers who must keep starving because their weight exceeds the allowed level, such as Jon Chris Corton – Lakay boxer. He competes in a weight of 54kg and has half a kilogram left over.
This situation forced him to “suffer” to continue to fast, lie for hours in the sauna, and jog before returning to the scale in the afternoon.
Winning will make a lot of money, but not all boxers have won many and some have had to overcome the bitterness of failure, difficulties in life and opposing pressure of the family to pursue passion on the ring.
In the match at UFC 251, which took place on the morning of July 12, the middle-class UFC champion Kamaru Usman won against Jorge Masvidal after 5 dramatic periods.
At the beginning of the match, 2 boxers actively approached and attacked the opponent. Masvidal kicked, but Usman grabbed his foot and knocked him to the floor. More disadvantageous, but the American boxer tried to counterattack with heel kicks from the bottom up. However, Usman still controlled the opponent.
In the second half, Usman took the initiative to grab his feet in order to knock Masvidal to the floor but failed. However, Nigerian boxers always keep control.
He often uses small tricks on the feet when the two of them are struggling to reduce Masvidal’s movement. After escaping from the clutch of Usman, the BMF champion repeatedly punched, but not enough to finish the opponent.
By the third half, the match was a little interrupted when Usman attacked the lower part of Masvidal, but the American boxer was not in danger. Usman then fell to his opponent and tried to lock it in. In the opposite direction, Masvidal always changed his attack whenever he got out of Usman’s control.
The match was not much changed in the fourth half. Usman was the one who controlled most of the time. Whenever forced into a cage, Masvidal performs very good crossings and knees. The two boxers continued to struggle until the end of the half.
In the final half, Masvidal was knocked down again. Usman tried to perform an ancient blow, but the American opponent escaped. The match remained in Usman’s control until the end. In the last 30 seconds, Masvidal escaped and attacked heavily with flying pillows, punches and continuous changes.
At the end of the match, the victory was recognized for Usman. This is a quite admirable result, because the Nigerian boxer takes most of the control and repeatedly falls down Masvidal. With this victory, Usman successfully defended the semifinal UFC championship he currently holds.
In the previous two UFC 251 match competitions, Petr Yan defeated Jose Aldo after 5 rounds to win the chicken class. Alex Volkanovski was the winner of the featherweight title against Max Holloway.
Similar to the organization of fighters, the competition rules of MMA tournaments do not have a common point in the world.
Currently, the most popular law, the Unified MMA Rules, was first enacted in the United States in 2000. However, this code is only overseen by the Association of Boxing Comisssion. This is a non-profit organization specializing in boxing-related and fighting sports in North America. Therefore, the Unified MMA Rules basically have only legal effect on this territory.
ONE Championship, M-1 Global and some non-North American tournaments do not actually apply the Unified MMA Rules, but all have their own adjustments. Not only the techniques in competition, even the standard of competition, weight also have certain differences.
IMMAF: The largest amateur organization
In addition to the private leagues such as the UFC or the ONE Championship currently developed in the professional direction, IMMAF is known as the non-profit organization that manages MMA at the largest amateur level at the moment.
Regarding the organization of boxers, IMMAF provides clear rules about how a boxer is recognized as an amateur present in its system. In addition, a separate set of rules makes the IMMAF matches judged to be light enough for amateur fighters to meet.
Currently, IMMAF is maintaining a medal competition system with a knockout competition and martial arts supervision standards and doping prevention. This is seen as an attempt by IMMAF to soon be recognized by the IOC and soon become a sport at the Summer Olympics.
It can be seen that MMA in the world develops in a different direction with many competing sports in the world because of its complexity. Based on the characteristics of the market, the potential of fighters, each tournament chooses different ways of operation.
In addition to professional organizations, the amateur form of international federation such as IMMAF is also worth consulting.
Retirement may have a significant impact on Conor’s economy, but can anyone guess the enormous wealth that the Irish boxer owns.
In early June, Conor McGregor began to receive much attention from the world media with his decision to “retire”.
However, unlike the previous times, neither UFC nor President Dana White showed any signs of holding the Irish puncher like the previous two. The move made the audience believe that the ability “The Notorious” parted MMA floor is true.
Within 4 years since 2016, Conor McGregor has 3 times posted retirement information. However, after every statement, the Irish puncher re-appeared and made more money than before.
Since UFC 194, Conor McGregor has continuously broken the record sales of UFC. Of the 6 events with the most pay-per-views, the event was led by Conor McGregor.
After 12 matches, the UFC remuneration for the Irish star is about $ 15 million. But that’s just the “hard” figure revealed to the media. In addition, UFC must share a portion of television royalties for each Conor McGregor-led event.
Not only UFC, Conor McGregor also “boxing” was legendary Boxing Floyd Mayweather Jr in a blockbuster Boxing match in 2017. Despite losing and being KO in the 10th, “The Notorious” is also expected to bring in 85 million. Dollar income before tax.
By 2020, statistics sites estimate the value of Conor McGregor’s net worth at around $ 120 million and is still growing. Because in the match against Donald Cerrone at UFC 246, the former 2-weight champion also earned about 48 million dollars for all activities related to competition.
Becoming the No. 1 money-making star in MMA, Conor McGregor thought it would return to focus on playing. But that was just before the “yellow chicken” UFC discovered a new passion for business: fashion and wine.
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Immediately, the arrogant, polished image of Conor McGregor was exploited by this star.
Conor McGregor’s third retirement announcement was made amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, which is restricting all activities worldwide. However, it can be seen that despite bringing fame and opportunity, competition is not the only source of income for “The Notorious”.
With its name, influence and business empire, Conor McGregor’s “making me mess with” UFC may be just a way to attract attention, avoid the name itself to cool before deciding. return.
Since the first event in 1993, MMA has experienced 27 years of prosperity to this day. From wild games, lawless just to find the most effective form of fighting, MMA has now become one of the most attractive sports in the early 21st century.
Development is so, but currently there is no organization involved in managing MMA activities in the world. All major MMA organizations are operating in the name of private companies and coordinate their operations on their own terms.
This is the most intuitive description of all brands such as UFC, Bellator in the US, ONE Championship in Asia, M-1 Global in Russia or Cage Warriors in Europe.
Not belonging to any federation or sports organization, the world’s most famous MMA tournaments run like a media company. The match, the action of boxers is now seen as media products for business through the sale of television rights, distributed on online platforms.
Organization of martial artists and competition rules
Operating in private companies, boxers will be recruited with the criteria of their own specialized team. Matches will also be calculated based on a rating system, media performance by match-makers and media teams / partners of the tournament alone. There are absolutely no common standards imposed on these companies.
To make it easy to compare, if Boxing has the Amateur Federation like AIBA or professional like WBC, WBA to classify, evaluate and rank fighters around the world. Meanwhile, MMA has absolutely no units responsible for this. That is the reason for the case of boxers absolutely no amateur or professional competition, still appear on the MMA floor.
However, it should be understood that because of an open and complex technical system such as MMA, it is very difficult to set a common standard. Therefore, the tournament completely relies on the experience of experienced experts to ensure the quality of the fighter.
According to statistics from the end of last decade, UFC has brought in 250 million USD / year, accounting for 90% of revenue from martial arts sport. Much of its revenue comes from monthly subscriptions to watch matches via television. Releasing DVDs, selling T-shirts or watching games on the Internet also brought in significant money.
Currently, UFC is maintaining agreements with broadcasters operating on a global scale. In the United States, UFC signs an agreement with Fox to serve domestic needs while creating the UFC Fight Pass to keep pace with the growing digital trend. Finally is the form of pay-per-view, collecting money directly from the audience through each view.
According to 2014 statistics, UFC’s revenue is 600 million USD and continues to increase. UFC matches are seen almost everywhere in the world. As a result, advertising revenue also increased sharply. According to statistics from 2007, the revenue from advertising after each fiscal year of UFC increased an average of 14.6%.
However, UFC is not the only company that knows how to make money from MMA. Bellator FC, a company founded in 2008 based in Santa Monica, California, is also emerging as a formidable name. Outside the US borders, MMA is also becoming a popular sport around the world. In Asia, ONE Fighting Championship (ONE FC) quickly recognized the trend and became a big name in the regional MMA village.
ONE FC was born in 2011 in Singapore and is the first MMA tournament in the world with a category for female gladiators. Events take place in Singapore and many famous cities in the region such as Jakarta, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Taipei, Phnom Penh, Beijing, Guangzhou, Yangon, Hefei, Macau and Bangkok. ONE FC also has a long history of cooperation with Fox Sports Asia, the new name of ESPN Star Sports.
Although the industry is growing, the gladiators’ salaries are kept a secret, with the exception of the top names. For those in the top 10 UFC gladiators, the salary they receive is an average of $ 4 million / year. However, the income of lesser gladiators was also much lower.
There was much talk around the money the MMA gladiators received. Even some articles claim that those who pursue this subject just because of passion, not because of money. However, the wage security policy among MMA circles makes it difficult for outsiders to know the truth behind this billion-dollar industry.
Originating in the United States, MMA attracted a lot of American attention before spreading around the world and creating a multi-billion dollar industry.
Mixed Martial Arts is a comprehensive fighting game that allows gladiators to use every attack for the sole purpose of defeating the opponent. The appeal of MMA makes it a money-making industry in the US and is increasingly proving attractive around the world.
Speaking of the MMA industry in the US, it is impossible not to mention the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the biggest tournament. Acquired by the Fertita brothers for $ 2 million in 2001, UFC has achieved unimaginable success. In 2016, the Fertita brothers sold it for $ 4 billion, making it the biggest deal in sports history.
At $ 4 billion, the UFC deal is twice as big as the previous most expensive record in sports. It is even bigger than the value of a series of other famous clubs such as Cowboys, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, New York Yankees or Manchester United. The record selling price says a lot about UFC’s appeal.
At the most basic level, it is easy to see that UFC brings big profits from the operation process. The top matches, attracting a large audience to the field, revenue coming from ticket sales, advertising, television copyright, Internet or other services that UFC provides to the fans.
Before each Super Bowl match, 12,000 seats in the game field were sold out for an average of 340 USD for each ticket. In addition to those who come to the yard, the company also sells to a few million fans the right to watch the game via television, the Internet for more than 40 USD. For those who want to see high definition images, the amount will be more than 50 USD. On average, each peak game will bring in tens of millions of dollars.
One of the people who helped UFC ‘make money’ has just announced his retirement, although Conor McGregor has not had a match recently, although the most attractive MMA tournament has returned.
Conor McGregor, the boxer who made the difference in the modern MMA recently announced his retirement from his status via Twitter: “Hey guys, I decided to give up fighting. Thank you. All of you for wonderful memories! What we have had is amazing. Here is the picture of me and my mother in Las Vegas, one of the times I went to the top of the world. “
McGregor did not forget to send his words of love to his mother, Mrs. Magaret McGregor. This is the third time the Irish MMA star has announced his retirement. The last time McGregor wanted to give up the octagon cage was after losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov. The Russian boxer defended the belt against Conor by winning the neck break in the fourth quarter.
McGregor is remembered not only for his talent on the stage but also for his classic “mouth-to-mouth” performances, along with the crowd-pull skills that helped MMA in general and the UFC company to grow dramatically in terms of fans. Of course, the MMA community has been standing idly by the announcement of McGregor’s latest, because recently, a series of important fighters all intend to leave UFC.
McGregor’s career was tied to MMA, but the match that rose to the superstar in the sports industry was a duel with Mayweather at boxing station in August 2017. McGregor lost to Mayweather but still earned $ 100 million in a performance-heavy match.
McGregor is a famous Irish punch. He was the first person in history to own two UFC championships with a victory over Eddie Alvarez in 2016. McGregor also drew attention to the boxing arena with Floyd Mayweather in August 2017. McGregor then returned to MMA but has only played two more matches since then.
McGregor has an MMA record of 22 wins, 4 losses. According to DailyMail, “Crazy guy” has earned about $ 100 million during his MMA career.